November 30, 2008

The Andersons

Sister photographers is a wonderful thing! :) I took some fun pictures of my sister's family for their Christmas card. Here are some of my favorites! Aren't her kids the cutest?!?

Calypso & Me

This past weekend, my wonderful sister of CLA Photography took some great shots of me and my pride and joy for our Christmas cards. Here are some of my favorites!! Thanks, Sis!!!!! Love you tons!!!
Love the jowels on this girl!!! LOL!!!!!

November 24, 2008

Shelby Family

I met the Shelbys yesterday for the first time. They are a precious family, and VERY photogenic!! :) Here are some of my favorites from our session!

Scott, Rebecca, Devin, & Hogan, thanks so much for letting me capture your family like this! I had lots of fun! I hope you like your pictures!!

November 20, 2008

Giving Thanks

2 Corinthians 9:11 says "You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God." I wanted to take some time, in light of the upcoming holiday, to "be generous" in my thanksgiving and share how God has made me "rich in every way" so that it will "result in thanksgiving to God" by some of you.

I thank God for:
1.) My salvation and the testimony I have in Christ Jesus. When I was 8 years old, I came to know Christ as my personal Savior and have never been the same since. Now, I won't say that I've been perfect since that day - I've been no such thing. But I am a changed person. My faith and reliance on the Lord have gotten me through many hard times.
2.) God's grace and forgiveness. Without this, I would be nowhere. Because just like I mentioned above, during those time when I'm not perfect, I know without doubt that He will be there to pick me up and set me back on the right road - and love me in spite of myself.
3.) The promise of Heaven. One day I will get to see God with my own eyes!!!!! Well, they will be perfect heavenly eyes, but you know what I mean. For those of you who don't know me very well, I ABSOLUTELY CANNOT WAIT TO GET TO HEAVEN!!!!! Most days I wake up wondering if it's the day the Lord will come back, and I get excited at the possibility.
4.) My family. Some of you know my family well, and for you, all I have to say is "my family" and you know why I'm so thankful for them. For those of you who don't know my family, let me tell you a bit about them. My parents are amazing. They would do anything in the world for me, and have done some pretty amazing things already! They are precious people with huge servant's hearts. I always feel at home with them, and I know there is nothing I can do to lose their love. My sister is pretty amazing herself! She is my other half. She really does know me better than anyone, and we can fight and be over it 2 minutes later like nothing happened. She is the best sounding board a girl could ask for. My brother-in-law loves to give me a hard time, but I know would be there for me in a heart beat if/when I need him. He's a great guy and takes wonderful care of my sister! My 2 nephews and 1 neice are THE best kids in the world. Plus they are so dang cute! They bring so much joy to my life, and I don't know what I'd do without them! Plus, there are a whole host of grandmas, aunts, uncles, cousins and "adopted" family members that I could go on and on about!
5.) My friends. Now, I cannot possibly go into every detail of everyone of my relationships with my friends....they are all so awsome that it would take me forever!!! In my friends, God has given me wonderful supporters, shoulders to cry on, comedians to make me laugh when I'm down, listeners, kindred spirits, confidants, and sisters/brothers. I'm sure I could not make it without all these people.
6.) My church. I attend a wonderful church that preaches, teaches and believes whole heartedly the Holy Word of God. I cannot ask for more than that! I have wonderful Sunday school teachers who are involved and are great spiritual leaders for us!
7.) Friends and family that have gone on to be with the Lord. I have seen more death in my life than a lot of people my age, but the blessing is that most if not all of those people were believers. So that means a few things: They are in the presence of their Holy Father right now! I will get to see them again one day! And they all left a huge imprint on my life. They have all been used to help shape me into who I am today. God works amazing things through tragedy, and He has certainly done that in the deaths of my friends and family members.
8.) A home to live in and food on my table. I know I gripe a lot about not ever feeling like I can catch up, but I have yet to sleep out in the cold or go hungry. God provides. Always.
9.) My talents and gifts and passions. God gives us each a unique personality, with unique talents and gifts and expects us to use them for His glory. I am so grateful that He has opened doors for me along the way to point me in the right direction. I am blessed to be able to do what I love.
10.) Suffering. Some of you may be reading this and going "What?! She's thankful for suffering?" Well, I don't LIKE suffering, and truth be told, I really don't know how much I've REALLY suffered. I just mean, the hard times, the sad times, the things we think are really bad but God uses to teach us and grow us and stretch us. And those are the exact reasons I am thankful for it. I was reading a blog post by a friend of mine (found here) and he reminded me that scripture says suffering brings perseverance, perseverance brings character, and character helps us live a life full of hope. And oh, what would life be without hope?

Now, I want you all to leave a comment telling me what you are thankful for. You don't have to list 10 things (unless you want to), but please share what you are thankful for. Attention Blog Stalkers who never leave comments: LEAVE A COMMENT THIS TIME. :)

I pray blessings for you all this coming holiday season. I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

November 19, 2008

Christmas Cards

Several of you have asked, so here they are! I purchased these templates from NicholeV for Christmas Cards this year. They are set up in 4x8, 5x5 or 5x7 formats. The 5x5 do NOT come with envelopes. I am able to adjust the current wording for your family's name and the year, but any additional wording cannot be added. Pricing is based on how many you order. Let me know if you have questions. Thanks!

One More of Parker

Here is one more of Parker I wanted to post. I LOVE the letters. So cute!

November 18, 2008

Abby and Randall

While I was visiting Abby and Randall, we grabbed some shots for their Christmas card. Here are a couple of my favorites.

Good Times with Old Friends

I spent last weekend in Jonesboro with one of my oldest and dearest friends! Abby and I met years ago through a friend, then later began to work together and got to know each other well. Since then, we have been great friends. We have lived in different towns for a long time now, but over the years have always managed to keep in touch via e-mail, short visits, and ALWAYS mailing gifts....that is our thing. We may not see each other for years, but we never forget to mail the birthday or Christmas gift! :) I got to help her decorate her house for Christmas, and she also showed me some super cool stores in Jonesboro! I had so much fun!This is Randall, Abby's husband. He has quickly become one of my favorite friends too! Bless his heart, he had to put up with us all weekend. He really is a great guy! And I can't think of a better match for Abby! He introduced me to Cracker Barrell french toast, and for that, I will be forever grateful! Thanks, Rand!!!Thank you two so much for letting me come stay and see your new home. I had so much fun and really enjoyed getting to see you both!!! Love you!!!

November 14, 2008

Tag! You're it!!

My friend, Cari, tagged me in her blog. You are supposed to take the 4th picture from the 4th album on your computer and post it.
This photo was taken on my summer vacaction in Destin. ..........Totally wish I was there right now. :)
I am tagging 2 people! My sister Christina and my friend Kelli. You should check out their blogs!

November 12, 2008


I met Parker and his family on Monday morning to get some shots for his 1 year birthday. He did great for his shoot, but he was a little reluctant to smile at first. He finally gave us some super cute grins! His nursery was so very cute, so we got several shots in there.
I loved this leopard chair in the living room!

Here he is, waiting so patiently for his cake.And let the fun begin!!